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Vladimir Sinyavsky

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameVladimir Ivanovich•Sinyavsky
Used nameVladimir•Sinyavsky
Original nameВладимир Иванович•Синявский
Other namesVolodymyr Ivanovych Synyavskiy, Володимир Іванович Синявський
Born18 February 1932 in Vilshany, Kharkiv (UKR)
Died27 December 2012 in Kyiv, Kyiv (UKR)
Measurements160 cm / 57 kg
AffiliationsLokomotiv Kyiv, Kyiv (UKR)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Ukraine


Vladimir Sinyavsky took up wrestling in 1950, when he started to work at the Kharkiv Electromechanical Plant UkrElektroMash that was, and still is, the leading manufacturer of short-circuit rotor induction motors in Ukraine. Sinyavsky soon rose to be one of the world’s top lightweight freestyles in the late-1950s. He first competed internationally at the 1958 World Cup, where he won gold. In 1959 Sinyavsky won the World title and went to the 1960 Olympics as a clear favorite for the freestyle lightweight gold. At the Olympics, however, Sinyavsky lost by decision to American Shelby Wilson in the fourth round and had to settle for a silver medal. Sinyavsky last competed internationally at the 1961 World Championships, where he again won silver behind Iranian Mohammad Ali Sanatkaran. Domestically, Sinyavsky won four Soviet freestyle lightweight titles (1957-59, 1961) and one silver (1960). After finishing his sporting career in 1966, Syniavskiy worked as wrestling coach in Kyiv, Ukraine.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1960 Summer Olympics Wrestling URS UKR Vladimir Sinyavsky
Lightweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver